GENESEO, Ill. - Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack today visited Illinois and held a rural community forum to discuss efforts by the Obama Administration to rebuild and revitalize rural America, listen to local residents talk about how USDA can assist them, and discuss solutions to challenges facing their communities. This is the fifth such forum Vilsack has done since being sworn in.
"To rebuild and revitalize rural America, President Obama and I want those affected by decisions made in Washington to participate in the process of developing innovative solutions and charting a path for communities to participate and thrive in the new 21st century economy," said Vilsack.
Vilsack's visit to Illinois today continues the USDA's listening tour through rural America. Previously, he visited Brush, Co., Portageville, Mo., Ludowici, Ga., and Harrodsburg, Ky. Tomorrow he will be in Indiana.
At today's rural community forum, Vilsack discussed how the USDA is working to promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply, ensure that America leads the global fight against climate change, and revitalize rural communities by expanding economic opportunities.
He also noted several American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) efforts that are underway in Illinois and across the country including the following: